No: 195

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I recently gave a Keynote Presentation at Ingleburn Public School as part of their "Road to Future Learning" Initiative.
Take a look below at some of their learning ideas for our citizens of the future and do a bit of igniting yourself.
Christmas will be upon us shortly so there are some splendid links below.
Also look at the Stop Motion ideas in the iPad section below. This was fabulous fun and a great learning experience.
Who knew we would combine a class blue tongue lizard with a messy pencil case - amazing creativity.
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I recently gave a Keynote Presentation at Ingleburn Public School as part of their "Road to Future Learning" Initiative.
My Presentation entitled "Ignite the Education Revolution" covered 21st Century Learner Skills, the Learning Process & Astrocytes.(ask me later)
The Presentation session and the following dinner were a wonderful success thanks to principal Graeme Green and the support from the Ingleburn School community.
I was so pleased to be a part of this event and to witness a school embracing the learning initiatives.

One of the highlights of the evening was the launch of their Video
"The Road to Future Learning"

A splendid collaborative effort from the staff and students.

It covered many aspects of the Ingleburn initiative including:

The recognition that space can define how we teach, and the fact that student centered learning is seriously constrained by traditional classrooms.

So at Ingleburn they are creating new learning environments that meet the needs of students today and into the future. They are also introducing new learning processes including, project based learning, open learning spaces, pilot classrooms and genius hour.
Ingleburn is actually doing and making real changes to invent the future of Education.
The journey is simple, explore and invent the future.

The Claude Thomas Biddell quote featured in the DVD seems written for Ingleburn

“Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible”

Congratulation to a school that is actually not just talking about inventing the future of Education, but is doing it.

HERE are some images of the learning spaces at Ingleburn.

The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made
As the official airline of Middle-earth, Air New Zealand has gone all out to celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Starring Elijah Wood and Sir Peter Jackson; who are thrilled to unveil The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.

Santa Television
What an exciting website and a fantastic way to investigate Christmas. View the Videos of the Northern lights, a Day in
the Santa Claus Village, reindeer, and the magic of Roveniemi in Lapland. A huge number of Videos to watch at this site.

Christmas Tic Tac Toe Game - Simple but fun.

Holiday Traditions of Different Countries includes recipes and history

Christmas Day in Australia the Time and Date site has some great information. If you click through you can find out about holidays and celebrations throughout the world.

How Christmas Works - There are great selection of Videos and Images
Christmas Tree Podcast from HowStuffWorks - some amazing facts.

Track Santa from December the 1st at Norad

Virtual Teacher Christmas Stars 1 - Free to download Christmas Stars 2 the files are pdfs. If you download them please consider becoming a supporter of VT to keep the good things coming.

fghhg. What it means to ME(the teacher)
Stop MOTION Animation
I had a fabulous day with a group of students recently working on Stop Motion Animation

Look at Animation basics: Homemade special effects - TED-Ed

Then looked at George Melies - The Conjuror 1899 stop frame animation - the way movies began.
And also the Human Skateboard
Then answered the TEDED Question online and joined the international discussion on
What other do-it-yourself special effects can you think of?

Did Imaginairing
For a do-it-yourself stop motion effect, to get creative ideas flowing, then
students made a plan for a do-it-yourself stop motion effect using a story board. Storyboard pdf
The idea - to plan the story using drawn images.

Then students used
Stop Motion Animation on iPads
to produce their do-it-yourself effect.

We imported the film into iMovie and added sound effects, music, some of our own recorded sounds and imported some handmade music form garage band.

Who knew a pencil case and the class pet blue tongue lizard could work in such a clever amazing way.
Area & Perimeter Interactive
Take a look it's great for stage 3
5th Grade Maths Interactives Mr Nussbaum - some great interactives many of them work on the iPad
I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

Hi Cathy,
Wondered if you could help out.
What is the best way to connect my EWB and my iPad?
thanks Maris
Hi Maris,
Apple TV – use a HDMI lead to connect to large screen TV or Whiteboard, then connect using AirPlay on the iPad. Requires access to a wireless network
AirServer - install software that enables you to stream or mirror your iPad on to your Mac or PC
Reflector Install software on your PC which allows the iPad to connect using AirPlay
Splashtop Classroom – app for connecting whiteboard and iPad
VGA Cable – VGA connector lead physically connects iPad to screen via projector or VGA port on the Large Screen TV
I prefer Airserver(for cost, resolution, and ease of use) you can download a FREE 7 day trial and test it out Works out around $12.00 per machine with reductions for bulk purchases.
This could be loaded onto one machine in each classroom
it's a splendid tool. Allows kids to connect as well.
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